21 August - 1 September, Gothenberg and Frankfurt

Today, the established industry faces changing market demands and new requirements regarding a sustainable usage of material and feedstock. Circular economy models, focusing on the integration of different players along the entire value chain, become an important tool in meeting these demands. At the same time, they require to create new partnerships and new forms of cross-company interaction. Industry clusters offer benefits, but also challenge the companies to rethink not only energy and feedstock streams. Unlocking their full innovation potential requires from them to examine how their business model interacts with those of the other cluster members.

The chemical industry will serve as a case study for the summer school. In Gothenburg as well as in Frankfurt, the participants will get to know a specific challenge; one from a company perspective, the other from the perspective of a service provider of a large chemical cluster. Students will apply the concepts of closed-loop value chains and circular economy to innovation processes for one of the major manufacturing industries in Europe.

This PhD summer school aims to educate change agents ready to accelerate the transition to economically viable circular models in and around eco-clusters by accelerating multi-stakeholder innovation with the biggest climate and business impact.

The summer school will be hosted by Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, and Provadis School of International Management and Technology in Frankfurt together with Climate KIC’s Sustainable Production System-theme (SPS). The SPS theme works to catalyse the transition to a zero carbon economy by seed-funding high-impact climate solutions, facilitating innovative cross-industry co-operation and supporting technological as well as unique business model innovation in regional clusters and value chains.

Contact person: Line Gry Knudsen (line.gry.knudsen@climate-kic.org)

August 21 – Sept 1, 2017, Gothenburg and Frankfurt